NAME: LINDA RITCHIE
POSITION: INDEPENDENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONSULTANT
Address: The Old Cottage, Hollingbourne, MAIDSTONE, Kent ME17 1UJ, UK CONTACT
INFORMATION: Phone and Fax: + 44 (0)1622 880 928
Mobile: + 44 (0)7968 390 403
BSc (Hons) Physics, Imperial College, London University, 1971 QUALIFICATIONS
AND TRAINING: Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Bristol University,1972
BCS Membership Part 1, 1979
BCS Membership Part 2, 1981
Courses from Open University MSc in Computing for Science & industry:
; Object-Oriented Software Development, 2001
; Software Development for networked applications using Java, 2002
British Computer Society, Member (MBCS, CITP) Membership no 00393780 PROFESSIONAL
ASSOCIATIONS: UK Engineering Council, Chartered Engineer (CEng) Reference 404349
LANGUAGES: LANGUAGES Speaking Reading Writing
English (mother tongue) Excellent Excellent Excellent
French Fair Fair Fair
Thirty years experience as an Information Systems professional including extensive recent work involving provision of databases for more than 30 less-developed countries. Ten years resident and
working in Africa (Kenya and Malawi). Experience includes:
; Analysing existing manual and computerised knowledge systems and facilitating participatory
assessment of current user requirements.
; Designing database systems (including multi-lingual systems), conversion of data and exchange
of data with other systems, online help and automatic installation.
; Developing and implementing financial management systems.
; Capacity-building (coaching, training, mentoring) for database system users and developers.
Curriculum Vitae: Linda Ritchie
2002 - present Independent IS Consultant (sub-contracted for FAO, EU, DfID projects)
1998 - 2000 IT Consultant, Afcor(Malawi) Ltd
1996 - 2000 Voluntary accounting work for FSIPM Project, Malawi and The Navigators
1989 - 1995 Senior Information Systems Officer, Mid Kent College
1983 -1988 Computer Consultant, National Museums of Kenya
1980 -1981 Senior programming project leader, ICL
1979 - 1980 Programming Project leader, ICL
1977 - 1979 Higher Executive Officer, Metropolitan Police Computer Unit
1974 - 1977 Executive Officer, Metropolitan Police Computer Unit
1972 - 1974 Secondary school teacher, Cranford Comprehensive School
RAMSES V3 MAY 2005 – JULY 2006
Upgrade the RAMSES databases used for Desert Locust Monitoring and Control in 20 countries across northern Africa, Middle East and Indian subcontinent, incorporating new user requirements and rectifying earlier design limitations. Commissioned by FAO, Rome.
RATZOOMAN MAY – JULY 2004
Provided an Access database to hold all the data collected by the EC-funded project: "Prevention of Sanitary Risks Linked to Rodents at the Peri-urban Interface", to interface with a GIS system and as a project data repository. Loaded the data and resolved formatting discrepancies between different data sources.
ICOSAMP JUNE 2003 – APRIL 2005
Developed a database system to record and report movements of migrant pests (locusts, Quelea and armyworm) for the Southern African Migrant Pests Network (ICOSAMP). Provided the system for the 12 SADC member-countries, adapting the user interface from english to french or portugese. SEMIPALATINSK LAND USE PROJECT DEC 2004 – MAR 2005
Created a bilingual Access database to handle a wide range of metadata (maps, images, keywords, bibliography) related to the Semey Atomic Test Site, Kazakhstan, allowing the display of terms in English, Kazakh and Russian. Provided a routine to import and export data between the four project data-management sites.
RAMSES V2 MAY 2002 – JUNE 2004
Redesigned and enhanced version 1 of RAMSES Desert Locust Database extending it to most of the countries in the desert locust region. Wrote routines to import historical data into the new system, as well as new field data from hand-held devices. Wrote routines to exchange data between countries and with FAO Rome.
AFCOR(MALAWI) LTD AUG 1998 – MAR 2000
Set up Lotus Notes on an NT server in a computer services company. Set up Lotus Domino for email. Trained Afcor staff and Malawi government staff in the use of Notes and email. Wrote Lotus applications to manage service requests and to monitor foreign order requisitions.
Curriculum Vitae: Linda Ritchie
VOLUNTARY WORK DEC 95 – MAR 00
Specified IT equipment for DfID-funded aid project disbursing ?3.2M over four years. Set up and monitored systems to account for local and total expenditure for this project. Bookkeeping and production of trial balances and annual accounts for a Malawian charity. MID-KENT COLLEGE MAY 1989 – NOV 1995
Senior technical person responsible for the college’s Oracle-based Management Information System
(MIS) and accounting system. This work involved installing, upgrading and enhancing systems produced commercially for the Further Education market, training users, providing support and mentoring junior MIS staff..
Implemented and supported Oracle Accounts. My work included writing the customised cheque-printing and invoicing programs, various summary reports for Credit Control; researching a Bank’s Automated Clearing System (BACS) link and investigating bugs and reporting back to Oracle. Implemented the examinations module of the MIS. Organised a small team for the capture of historical data and used Oracle tools to produce statutory reports of student achievement. Migrated data between systems eg MIS & library, MIS and Personnel, MIS & Funding Council software. Worked with the Finance Director and Management Accountant to ensure that the correct data was passed to the FE Funding Council. Interpreted Funding Council documentation.
Extensively used SQL,SQL*Plus and Reporting tools to produce business intelligence; worked as Database Administrator and performed upgrades to the Oracle system and Unix.
NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA, 1983 – 1988
Converted payroll and accounts systems to a WANG mini system. Wrote data capture system for these. Created database systems for palaeontological and zoological collections using IDEAS2 then dBASE 3+. Installed IBM PCs and word-processing software and trained staff in their use. INTERNATIONAL COMPUTERS LTD (ICL) 1979 - 1981
Managed a department of 8 programmers. Produced the technical design and managed the programming for a project to control and report on the progress of software orders using COBOL on mainframe computers.
METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICE 1974 - 1979
Set up and conducted operating system in-house course. Completed user testing and implementation of Courts Fines & Fees Accounting & Enforcement system. Produced and documented GEORGE III macros and COBOL programs. Amended in-house compilation system.
SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER 1972 - 1974
Responsible for the organisation of Nuffield Combined Science course. Taught physics to S level and combined science in the lower forms.